Shipwrecks provide important insights into our global history as surviving evidence for the movement and trading of goods and people that have driven the world’s economies from early times.
In this series, which will run throughout 2020/21, we will map many of the known surviving shipwrecks across the world from ancient times through to the nineteenth century; sharing just a few of the international stories that spring from these important cultural artefacts.
We start with a contribution about the earliest of ocean-going trade routes, the Maritime Silk Road that connected Chinese and Austronesian empires and peoples with the Indian continent, the Arabian Peninsula and Europe.
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